Craven District Council urged to maintain free parking for blue badge holders

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Craven District Council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton Craven District Council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton

Disabled groups have called on Craven District Council to reverse plans to scrap free parking for blue badge holders.

The Skipton and Craven Multiple Sclerosis Society and Skipton and Craven Action for Disability (SCAD) say the council has acted illegally in its attempt to charge disabled drivers in its car parks.

And the groups, who have launched an online petition, are promising further action if their demands are not met.

Wendy Witten, spokesman for the groups, told the latest policy committee meeting of the council the proposed charging policy was discriminatory and would contravene laws.

“This policy would ignore the needs of blue badge holders. It would discourage them from taking part in community and public life and would add to their isolation and exclusion,” she said.

Mrs Witten was told by council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton (Cons) her comments would be taken into account by officers.

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